Episode 4: Representing place through hip-hop with Sudiipta Dowsett

June 18, 2023 Music Season 1 Episode 4
Episode 4: Representing place through hip-hop with Sudiipta Dowsett
Show Notes

In this episode we interview researcher and performer Sudiipta Shamalii Dowsett, our collaborator on the previous episode and the two episodes to come about her research on representing place through hip-hop in First Nations cultures in Central Australia and South Africa as well as her own experience of hip-hop.

Music Dance Culture is produced by Georgia Curran (she/her) and Mahesh White-Radhakrishnan (they/them). Theme music by Mahesh, remixed and produced by Arian Pearson. Sound design by Mahesh with inputs from Alexis Weaver. Thanks to Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Australian Anthropological Society, PARADISEC, Sudiipta Dowsett and Jennifer White-Radhakrishnan,

This episode was recorded and produced on the unceded lands of Aboriginal people of the Sydney region, the Southern Highlands and Northern New South Wales. We acknowledge and pay our respects to all elders past, present and emerging.

We would also like to respectfully acknowledge the roots of hip-hop in African American and Afro-Caribbean cultures especially acknowledging the tragic legacies of the transatlantic slave trade and celebrate the hopes of emancipation and step towards justice taken on this day, the 19th of June 1865 (Juneteenth).

Photo: Sudiipta Dowsett with Metabolism discussing the track 'Got Time' at Phumzile Productions studio in Kuyasa, Western Cape, South Africa. Taken by MC Kideo.

Shownotes (chronological)

3:18-3:25 - Mahesh on ABC Radio National’s The Music Show: Dances across the Indian Ocean <<>>

Sudiipta Dowsett profile:

5:45- 6:25 - Some publications by Sudiipta

Dowsett, S.S., 2019. Transformative effects of hip-hop events in Khayelitsha, South Africa. In Walters T; Jepson AS (eds.). Marginalisation and Events, Routledge, pp. 110-126.

Dowsett, Sudiipta Shamalii, 2020, 'The Routes of Hip-Hop in Cape Town: Collective Performance Practices and the Embodied Sociality of the Ghetto', in Peddie I (ed.), Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music and Social Class, Bloomsbury, New York, pp. 485 - 506

11:20-11:30, 18:55-19:05 - Baker Boy hip hop in English and Yolngu-Matha language (First Nations from Top End Australia). Marryuna, <<>>

11:35-14:20 - Warlpiri culture (First Nations from Central Australia), Milpirri Festival and connection to place. See Music!Dance!Culture! Ep 3 On Milpirri and digging yams of knowledge with Wanta Steven Jampijinpa Patrick and Jerry Jangala Patrick

Milpirri Festival -

See also Music!Dance!Culture! Ep 5 on hip hop from Khayelitsha, Western Cape, South Africa (details to come)

13:00-13:05 - AAS - The Australian Anthropological Society

19:05-20:40 - Baker Boy’s father dancing to ‘Ice Ice Baby’ from Baker Boy’s Facebook page: <<>>

Baker Boy’s Facebook page:

20:40-21:30 - Writer’s Block Crew page:

Places referred to

Wangal Country
Nimbin, Wyabal Country, Northern New South Wales
Surry Hills, Gadigal Country, Sydney
Lajamanu, Northern Territory, Australia
Khayelitsha, Western Cape, South Africa